Sunday, March 31, 2013

This Boy's Life

In This Boy's Life, Tobias Wolff tells the story of his upbringing in the 1950's, starting with a car trip taken by him and his mother to escape an abusive man, which lands them in Utah, and soon after Seattle.  Wolff's mother eventually meets another man, Dwight, who doesn't like or accept Tobias (who renames himself Jack) from the get go.  Wolff writes of his relationship with his mother, his friends, his father, and his brother.  He straddles the line between being a kid who gets good grades and is a Boy Scout, and one who falls in with the wrong crowd and might end up with few opportunities.  This is a well written memoir that can be read in just a few days.  The language is straightforward and simple, but pierces right to the heart of things. 

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